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on Jan. 22, 2013 :
The plot is like a futuristic Treasure Island with a group of men from a lost colony world setting out to find a crashed spaceship with its cargo of high-tech goods which they think will make their fortune. The heroine, Valys, disguises herself as a boy so she can take part in the expedition - which leads to trouble with the mutineers. The book is very well written, fast paced and held my interest throughout - which not all books do. The trek through the desert with the deadly mountain bears following the party was particularly exciting. Also, I liked the way Alanye uses a slightly old-fashioned writing style to capture the backwardness of their world. Dai Alanye is a formidable writer.
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on Oct. 07, 2012 :
Literally 'Treasure Island' on another planet - the crashed spaceship 'Arrow of Time' with its cargo of valuable circuits is the treasure hunters' goal - this is an exciting, humorous book with wonderful descriptions of outlandish scenery.
Valys with her hair of gold dresses as a boy to take part in the expedition and gives rise to some comic scenes, not least when nature calls amongst a band of ruffians smelling little better than donkeys. But she's a gutsy, attractive character, if vain of her hair, who finds her hero at the end.
The dialogue is excellent and has an authentic eighteenth century feel and the passages where the hunters are stalked by vicious and sinister bears are thrilling.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)